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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cascade County Discover Ways to Continue Education in the Summer

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cascade County in Great Falls, MT consider themselves to be imaginative thinkers who create fun and engaging activities that are heavily infused with educational elements. The goals of making Club activities appear less like school work has become their driving force.

“When our members are elbow-deep, hands on, jumping in and experiencing activities through multiple intelligences, they are far more likely to gain the hidden agenda of education,” says Amy Langel-Braulick, the Club’s Westside Unit Director.

Hiding a learning experience in an exciting activity or game has proven to be the best route for continuing education through the summer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cascade County. With this philosophy guiding their efforts, it is simple to apply wherever needed. Also used for ultimate success are Montana’s Core Curriculum Standards and the multitude of evidence-based programs and services Boys & Girls Clubs of America makes available. A classroom is not needed for their approach. Learning disguised as fun happens in every nook and cranny of this Club so why not yours!


Sounds of Native Language

The next time you are in a local spot that many community members frequent - stop and take a moment. Instead of hurrying to your next errand or appointment, take a mental note of the sights and sounds that surround you. What you see and hear today is vastly different from the generations before you that may have stopped in the same spot, on the same day, many years ago. The sounds and words that are heard today often times are not the words of the language that was used traditionally. It is important for the livelihood of Native languages that youth of tribal communities have exposure to such rich, cultural traditions.

So you have decided that you want to expose the youth at your Club to traditional, Native language. How are you going to take on such an important task and incorporate it into your programming? Luckily, there are resources and programs that are able to help! The Administration for Native Americans, for example, compiled a list of advice and valuable tips that were reported from a range of successful tribal language programs and Native nonprofits. A common piece of advice that was found was to include Elders in your Native language programs. This ensures that what is being passed along to the Club youth is historically accurate while giving Elders a chance to become involved with your Club. It also helps tribal members have a personal investment with the Club and the program which can promote a positive tribal relationship! Click here to read more about what it takes to implement a successful Native language program!

You are now equipped with a source that will help incorporate a language program into your Club. However, this isn’t the only resource available. Below is a compilation of articles, Websites, and active projects that want to help you keep passing down important tribal traditions to future generations.

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